Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Treating Acne

Many teenagers and young adults struggle with problems related to acne. You don't have to be a dermatologist to see how prevalent acne can be in this country. There are many available acne treatments out there and some are safe while others are associated with some significant risks and contraindications. So what are you supposed to do? How do you select among different acne products that are available? Many are over-the-counter, some are prescription-only, and then there are others where you may not quite be sure. You have face creams. Pills. Gells. Scrubbing pads. Acne body wash. Well, make sure you do your research and evaluate the evidence behind those acne treatments that are out there. Murad offers an acne treatment called Resurgence and you may have even seen Joan Lunden, age 57, advertise this product on television. When you have celebrities endorsing cosmetic products such as acne products, do you feel more or less inclined to evaluate that product? As physicians, we must always be evidence-based and evaluate clinical data fairly and objectively.

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